Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates

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Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is generally spread from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to the flu or other respiratory illnesses. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts was reported on February 1, 2020. The number of confirmed cases in Massachusetts began to increase rapidly in early March

As of October 23, there have been 3,880 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Lowell residents. The City of Lowell was notified of its first positive case on March 10, 2020. Currently, Lowell's average new daily cases exceeds 8 over the last 14 days, which classifies the City as "red," or "higher risk" under the state's risk designation system

Led by the Health Department and Emergency Management team, the City of Lowell has undertaken vigorous response and preparedness efforts since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. These efforts have taken place in coordination with state agencies and local health partners, including Lowell General Hospital, Trinity EMS and the Lowell Community Health Center and have resulted in positive developments that have enhanced the community’s health infrastructure, including expanded testing and hospital bed capacity.

SYMPTOMS
Coronavirus symptoms may appear within two to fourteen days of exposure to the virus, and include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills, and loss of taste or smell. The severity of these symptoms ranges among patients. Click here for more information regarding symptoms from the CDC.

TESTING
Individuals displaying symptoms, even if they are mild, should contact their healthcare provider for guidance regarding testing. Massachusetts residents may also check their symptoms online through a service offered by Buoy Health to determine if testing is appropriate. Additionally, individuals who have been in direct contact with anyone who has tested positive should seek testing. 

Click here to view an interactive map of all testing sites in Massachusetts. 

Many testing sites require a referral from an individual’s primary care physician. Individuals that do not have a PCP may contact the Lowell Community Health Center, which has implemented a system to screen patients to determine if testing is in order.

Any person who is demonstrating symptoms of coronavirus should remain in quarantine through the testing process, and should not leave their home until a negative test is produced.

From April through June, CVS operated a rapid testing site at the Showcase Cinema parking lot in Lowell, conducting up to 1,000 COVID-19 tests per day. As of Saturday, June 27, the rapid testing site has closed. 

In partnership with Trinity EMS and the Lowell Community Health Center, the City of Lowell's Health Department has offered no-cost COVID-19 testing to all Lowell residents through the state's "Stop the Spread" initiative at sites throughout the City. Based on declining transmission metrics in the City, there is currently no additional Stop the Spread testing scheduled in the Lowell.

Stop the Spread was launched on July 10 and is intended to curb transmission of COVID-19 through expanding the availability of testing to asymptomatic residents in communities throughout Massachusetts. Lowell was among the original eight communities served by the program, which is now active in eighteen communities across the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts residents, including those that are asymptomatic or that are not residents of communities where testing is offered, are eligible for testing at any site. More information about Stop the Spread testing is available at mass.gov/stopthespread.

MONITORING AND CONTACT TRACING
The City’s Health Department is notified of each confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lowell. Public health nurses contact each patient to ensure that they are aware of isolation requirements, to ensure that they have the resources and support needed to get through isolation, and to determine others that they have been in contact with. Through a process known as contact tracing, the Department’s staff works to connect with each contact to advise them of protocols given their exposure to the virus.  Contact tracing is a critical public health function in containing the spread of coronavirus. It is important that residents who are contacted by a public health nurse cooperate fully. Please look out for incoming calls from a 978-674 exchange, or that appear as "City of Lowell" on your caller ID, as these may be contact tracing calls. 

In certain cases, contact tracing may also be conducted by the state through Partners In Health. These calls will come from numbers with 833 or 857 prefixes and should display "MA COVID Team" on Caller IDs.

CITY HALL OPERATIONS
Beginning Tuesday, July 21, City Hall and all other City buildings will be open to the public on Tuesdays from 8AM-8PM and Thursdays from 8AM-5PM. All City Departments will be available to assist residents remotely outside of these times during regular business hours. 

The City of Lowell is requesting that residents and other individuals seeking to attend to City-related business continue to do so remotely when possible; online, by phone, through the mail, or by using the City’s secure drop box located at City Hall’s entrance at JFK Plaza. All City Departments will remain open and available to assist residents remotely during regular business hours.   

Members of the public entering any City building must adhere to physical distancing guidelines, remaining six feet apart from City employee and other members of the public, and will be required to wear a face covering for duration of their visit, unless they are unable to due to a medical condition. Individuals are asked to avoid entering City buildings if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

City Hall and all other City buildings initially closed to the public due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Public amenities that previously closed to the public including playgrounds and playing surface such as basketball courts, have now reopened to the public. 

For questions related to City operations, call: 978-674-4400.

STATEWIDE MITIGATION ORDERS/ACTIONS
Governor Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts on March 10, 2020, enhancing the administration’s ability to respond to the coronavirus crisis. 

On March 24, 2020, Governor Baker ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and operations, and issues a stay-at-home advisory for all residents.  

REOPENING
On May 18, the Administration announced the commencement of the state’s four-phase reopening plan which has allowed certain businesses and operations to resume under heightened safety guidelines. The state is currently in phase 3 of the reopening process. Given Lowell's designation as a higher risk community, the Community remains in step one of phase three, and is not able to advance to step two, which allows for expanded capacity at performance venues, museums, and certain other facilities. 

For more information on the administration’s phased re-opening plan, including sector-specific guidance, click here.

FACE COVERINGS
On May 6, Governor Baker issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distance. This order remains in effect. Click here for more information on the order.

TRAVEL LIMITATIONS
Effective August 1, all travelers to Massachusetts, including Massachusetts residents returning to the state and out-of-state travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they produce a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of their arrival. Individuals that were tested prior to arriving in the state but have not received their test results must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. This order applies to college students returning to a Massachusetts campus. Individuals that fail to comply with this order may face fines up to $500. States that are currently considered low risk and exempt for the order are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii. Click here for more information on this policy. 

GATHERING SIZE
Under a revised order issued on August 7, outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50 individuals  (previously 100) and indoor gatherings may not exceed 25 individuals. These limitations apply to both public and private gatherings, but not to gatherings for political expression or religious activity. Participants in any gathering exceeding 10 persons must wear face coverings.

Violation of this order may result in a civil fine of up to $500.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND HELP STOP THE SPREAD
The most effective way to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic is to limit your risk for exposure, meaning remaining at home whenever possible and limiting contact with individuals outside of  your household. Other recommendations from the CDC and other health authorities include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wear a mask/face covering when leaving your house.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid People who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

MORE INFORMATION
Residents with any questions or concerns related to coronavirus are encouraged to contact the City of Lowell’s Health Department at 978-674-4010 or contact the 2-1-1 line set up by the state. Massachusetts residents are encouraged to sign up for updates from the state by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.




CONTACT US

Lowell Health Department

Phone: 978-674-4010
Monday - Friday

Covid Updates

October 16 - Coronavirus Data Report

October 9 - Coronavirus Data Report

October 2 - Coronavirus Data Report

October 1 - Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

September 30 - PRESS RELEASE - Lowell Elevated to Red

September 25 - Coronavirus Data Report

September 18 - Coronavirus Data Report

September 11 - Coronavirus Data Report

September 4 - Coronavirus Data Report

August 28 - Coronavirus Data Report

August 21 - Coronavirus Data Report

August 21 - Graph - Testing Outcomes by Week

August 20 - PRESS RELEASE - No-Cost COVID-19 Testing for Lowell Residents Extended

August 14 - Coronavirus Data Report

August 14 - Graph - Testing Outcomes by Week

August 7 - Coronavirus Data Report

August 7 - Graph - Testing Outcomes by Week

July 31 - Coronavirus Data Report

July 31 - Graph - Testing Outcomes by Week

July 24 - Coronavirus Data Report

July 20 - Press Release - Free Testing Available at Sites Throughout City

July 17 - Coronavirus Data Report

July 15 - City Hall Reopens for Limited Public Hours

July 10 - Graph, New Cases by Week

July 10 - Coronavirus Data Report

July 2 - Phase 3 Reopening Information

July 2 - Graph, Testing Outcomes by Week

July 2 - Graph, New Cases by Week

July 2 - Coronavirus Data Report

June 26 - Coronavirus Data Report

June 25 - CVS to end Rapid COVID-19 Testing at Lowell Site

June 19 - Graph, New Cases by Week

June 19 - Phase 2, Step 2 Reopening Graphic

June 19 - Coronavirus Data Report

June 12 - Daily & Cumulative Case Graph

June 12 - Coronavirus Data Report

June 10 - Press Release - City Council Approves Ordinance Expanding Outdoor Dining

June 9 - Press Release - Lowell Summer Youth Programs Canceled

June 8 - Phase 2 Reopening Information Graphic

June 5 - Coronavirus Data Report

June 5 - Daily & Cumulative Case Graph

May 29 - Coronavirus Data Report

May 22 - Daily & Cumulative Case Graph

May 22 - Coronavirus Data Report

May 15 - Coronavirus Data Report

May 8 - Coronavirus Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

May 8 - Coronavirus Data Report

May 1 - Coronavirus Data Report

May 1 - Coronavirus Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

April 27 - Coronavirus Data Report

April 17 - Coronavirus Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

April 16 - Coronavirus Data Report

April 14 - UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center to Serve as Field Hospital

April 13 - Lowell Opens Emergency Shelter for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

April 9 - Coronavirus Data Report

April 6 - CVS Health Partners with City and State to Launch Rapid COVID-19 Testing Site in Lowell

April 3 - Video Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

April 2 - Coronavirus Data Report

March 27 - Video Update from City Manager Eileen Donoghue

March 24 - Confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Lowell Increased to Ten

March 23, 2020 - Third Lowell Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 20, 2020 - City of Lowell to Reduce On-Site Staff

March 16, 2020 - First Lowell Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus

March 14, 2020 - Lowell General Hospital sets up mobile tent as part of COVID-19 response planning 

March 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE: Lowell Public Schools Closing Notice

March 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE: City Hall and City Building to Close to the Public

March 10, 2020 - Statement from Lowell City Manager regarding Precautionary Measures Implemented by City of Lowell

March 4, 2020 - Update from Lowell Health Department

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COVID-19 CASES IN LOWELL 

DATE
TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES
10/23/203,880
10/22/203,861
10/21/203,842
10/20/203,815
10/19/203,791
10/18/203,771
10/17/203,751
10/16/20
3,747
10/15/20
3,730
10/14/203,712
10/13/203,706
10/12/203,688
10/11/203,680
10/10/203,673
10/9/203,651
10/8/203,625
10/7/203,602
10/6/203,591
10/5/203,574
10/4/203,563
10/3/203,543
10/2/203,514
10/1/203,481
9/30/203,463
9/29/203,446
9/28/203,421
9/27/203,409
9/26/203,376
9/25/203,360
9/24/203,347
9/23/203,340
9/22/203,312
9/21/203,309
9/20/203,300
9/19/203,291
9/18/203,274
9/17/203,269
9/16/203,263
9/15/203,254
9/14/203,250
9/13/203,247
9/12/203,232
9/11/203,217
9/10/203,212
9/9/203,206
9/8/203,196
9/7/203,191
9/6/203,189
9/5/203,186
9/4/203,178
9/3/203,173
9/2/203,157
9/1/203,154
8/31/203,143
8/30/203,135
8/29/203,132
8/28/203,126
8/27/203,113
8/26/203,107
8/25/203,107
8/24/203,094
8/21/203,091
8/20/20
3,087
8/19/203,087
8/18/203,085
8/17/203,082
8/16/203,074
8/15/203,068
8/14/203,064
8/13/203,059
8/12/203,059
8/11/203,059
8/10/203,057
8/9/203,053
8/8/203,045
8/7/20
3,039
8/6/20
3,040
8/5/203,036
8/4/203,035
8/3/203,032
8/2/203,030
8/1/203,026
7/31/20
3,024
7/30/203,022
7/29/203,022
7/28/203,020
7/27/203,018
7/26/203,016
7/25/20
3,010
7/23/20
2,995
7/22/20
2,990
7/21/202,988
7/20/202,987
7/19/202,980
7/18/20
2,970
7/16/20
2,966
7/15/20
2,958
7/14/20
2,956
7/13/20
2,954
7/12/20
2,951
7/11/20
2,942
7/10/20
7/9/2020
2,926
7/8/2020
2,924
7/7/2020
2,924
7/6/2020
2,909
7/5/2020
2,902
7/4/2020
2,901
7/3/2020
2,899
7/1/2020
2,895
6/30/2020
2,895
6/29/2020
2,894
6/28/2020
2,889
6/27/2020
2,877
6/25/2020
2,853
6/24/2020
2,853
6/23/2020
2,849
6/22/2020
2,845
6/21/2020
2,845
6/20/2020
2,842
2,821
6/18/2020
2,814
6/17/2020
2,807
6/16/2020
2,804
6/15/2020
2,793
6/14/2020
2,790
6/13/2020
2,784
6/11/2020
2,765
6/10/2020
2,755
6/9/2020
2,752
6/8/2020
2,745
6/7/2020
2,733
6/6/2020
2,722
6/4/2020
2,686
6/3/2020
2,663
6/2/2020
2,669
6/1/2020
2,659
5/31/2020
2,643
5/30/2020
2,635
5/28/2020
2,591
5/27/2020
2,567
5/26/2020
2,568
5/25/2020
2,564
5/24/2020
2,559
5/23/2020
2,532
5/22/2020
5/21/2020
2,486
5/20/2020
2,456
5/19/2020
2,428
5/18/2020
2,374
5/17/2020
2,371
5/16/20202,324
2,265
5/14/2020
2,239
5/13/2020
2,213
5/12/2020
2,190
5/11/2020
2,162
5/10/2020
2,132
5/9/2020
2,083
5/7/2020
2,036
5/6/2020
2,000
5/5/2020
1,949
5/4/2020
1,920
5/3/2020
1,875
5/2/2020
1,819
5/1/2020
4/30/2020
1,680
4/29/2020
1,654
4/28/2020
1,580
4/27/2020
4/24/2020
1,384
4/23/2020
1,304
4/22/2020
1,094
4/21/2020
1,036
4/20/2020
1,011
4/19/2020
897
4/18/2020851
4/17/2020800
4/15/2020
659
4/14/2020
605
4/13/2020
565
4/12/2020
538
4/11/2020
447
4/10/2020
358
4/8/2020
252
4/7/2020
217
4/6/2020
209
4/5/2020
180
4/4/2020
162
4/3/2020
134
4/1/2020
105
3/31/2020
88
3/30/2020
81
3/28/2020
54
3/27/2020
45
3/26/2020
30
03/25/202021
03/24/202012
03/16/20202


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